Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue #166 by Keith Channing

In Keith’s words. “Using this photo as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; even just a caption for the photograph. Either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at keithchanning@gmail.com before 6pm next Sunday (if you aren’t sure what the time is where I live, this link will tell you). If you post it on your own blog or site, a link to this page would be appreciated, but please do also mention it in a comment here – pingbacks don’t often work.

Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar. I shall display the entries, with links to your own blog or web site, next Monday.”

The photo.

Kreative Kue #166

Lullaby of Birdland by John W. Howell © 2018

“Yes, ma’am that’s correct. Derick Dazzle of Chanel Ten News.”

“Oh, my. What brings you out on this gloomy day?”

“We have received many calls from our viewers wondering what you are doing.”

“I can’t imagine anyone calling a TV station about me. Why not just ask?”

“I’m sure I don’t know ma’am. My producer sent me here to get your side of the story.”

“My side. What are people saying? Also, please quit calling me ma’am. My name is Princess of Flight.”

“Ah, Princess of Flight, huh? How did you get that name?”

“I’m sure I don’t know. It has been my name forever. I suppose my parents gave it to me. You still haven’t told me what people are saying?”

“Well Princess, they are saying you must be mentally unstable.”

“Unstable? Why is that?”

“You sit here every day with big bags of bird food and feed these pesky pidgins.”

“Who says the pidgins are pesky?”

“Everyone. They are known to make a big mess here in the plaza.”

“They are one of God’s creatures and deserve to be treated fairly. I am looking out for them.”

“I can see that, Princess. Doesn’t it bother you that people think you are not doing the right thing?”

“Who says I’m not doing the right thing?”

“Well, feeding pests seems to be wrong.”

“Would everyone be happy if these so-called pests disappeared?”

“I suppose they would.”

“Good. You see I run a restaurant across town, and one of my most popular dishes is squab under glass. Eventually, I will have served every last one of these fat beauties. What do you think of my mental state now?”

“I think I need to go home and lay down.”



  1. LOL! Great surprise ending!

    1. Thank you, Phil.

  2. Sounds good. I have a recipe for stewed pigeon from the seventeenth century. Do you think she’d like it, were I to send it to her?

    1. I’m sure she would like an alternate to roasted. Go ahead and send it. 😀

      1. Whoooooosh! Sent. 😉

  3. Lol! I think I need to lay down, too.🤢

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Jill. Love that tree emoji.

      1. Auto correct made green into tree. Ha haha.

      2. LOL! I thought is was a sick (green) face. 🙂

  4. That’s one way to get cheap supplies.

    1. Yup. Makes the profit margin huge. 😀

  5. Omg haha that was an awesome 👏 one!! I didn’t expect that 🙂 what a mean princess haha

    1. Yes she does have a mean streak for sure. Thanks, Ray. 🙂

  6. The first thing I thought of was, “Jeez, if he thinks I’m going to feed all his birds for him, he has another thing coming!”
    BUT – then I read your story, you win again, John!

    1. Ha aha ha. I still like yours, GP. 😀

  7. HA! You got me on this one, John. I wonder what the princess will put on the menu after the pigeons are gone – wait, is that even possible?

    1. I hear tell there are a lot of squirrels around. 😀

      1. Uh oh, don’t tell my wife. The princess would be in danger.

      2. Yes, for sure. 🙂

  8. Oh, my!! I didn’t see that coming either! Great job, John!

    1. Thanks, John. 🙂

  9. She is apparently one very savvy Princess of Flight. Great unexpected ending, John!

    1. Thank you, Mae. I always appreciate your comments. 😀

  10. The riot started the next day when the square was flooded with restaurateurs. PETA showed up and the pigeons watched the event from the tops of buildings.

    1. A wonderful urban adventure.

  11. Aha! Not so mentally unstable after all. 🙂

    1. Not so much. Thanks, Jan

  12. Who’s the ‘pigeon’ now? Bwahahaha!

    Loved the flight, Boss!

  13. Sounds like she’s got a winning formula here, John! Lure the birdies, then turn them into cold hard cash!!

    1. Not to mention avoiding the health department

  14. Being around so many pigeons, one can understand the utility of a headscarf and shawl. Just say’n.

  15. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    I loved the ending, John…huge surprise!

    1. Thanks, Denise. I’m glad.

  16. As always, you nailed it! Do Bailey and Lucy keep you energized (the walks – adventures!) for writing? ♥

    1. Yes for sure. Thanks Billy Ray.

  17. Lol is right. I looked at the face of the woman in the photo and you final line is exactly how she seems. Too good, John.

    1. Thank you, Audrey. That look got me.

  18. Ha ha ha! That was a surprise ending. I think I’ll pass on dinner.

    1. What and miss out on the roasted squab? We have turnips as a side dish too.

      1. I realized long ago that if I had to kill meat to eat… no, if I were the wife who had to take the killed meat that my husband gave me and turn that into dinner… you get the point. I love meat, as long as it’s from the grocery store. Thanks, but I’ll pass on the squab.

      2. What about the turnip side dish?

      3. I could handle that.

  19. Haha! I didn’t expect that ending, John, and I just lost my appetite..

    1. Ha ha ha. Please give Lauren a tofu replacement for her squab.

      1. Oh, no, not tofu, too!

      2. Shaped like a squab

      3. I’m not eating today, either

  20. LOL! I was watching a baking show last night and one recipe was of a Game Pie. An old Victorian dish. In it were venison, pheasant, and pigeon. I thought it needed gravy, but since it’s traditionally eaten cold, or room temperature I guess a chutney or something like that would be better suited.

    I’d try it. I’ll eat anything that doesn’t eat me first. 🙂

    I’ve never heard pigeon called squab. I’m going to look that up.

    1. Or maybe it is just me. I’m a fiction writer you know.

      1. 🙂 A good one at that!

      2. Aw. You are too kind. 😀

      3. Squab is pigeon! Lots of recipes on the WEB for it too.
        I guess it’s on the menu in lots of countries but we get the willies with that option here in the states.
        Guess it lost favor to more commercial meats.

      4. Yes. I personally wouldn’t want a Central Park Pigeon for dinner.

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